Nathan Walker - #NA - Left Wing -
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: The Washington Capitals have signed forward Nathan Walker, the first Australian player to be drafted by an NHL team. The 20-year-old Walker was selected in the third round of last month's draft. He signed a standard three-year, entry-level contract Friday.
Impact: Walker was born in Wales but spent his early childhood in Australia before moving to the Czech Republic. Walker became the first Aussie in the American Hockey League when he played for the Hershey Bears, the Capitals' AHL affiliate. He had five goals, six assists and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with Hershey last season.
Alex Ovechkin - #8 - Right Wing - 6'3" - 230lbs
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012.
Impact: The three-time NHL MVP had faced questions from Russian media about the relationship when he did not accompany Kirilenko to Wimbledon last month. Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were "a lot of reasons" behind her decision. She says "our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha (Ovechkin) as a person and as an athlete and I respectfully wish him further sporting success."
Tom Wilson - #43 - Right Wing - 6'4" - 210lbs
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Head coach Barry Trotz said he wants to move Wilson up the Caps' depth chart this year, Elliot Friedman of CBC Sports reports.
Impact: Wilson is currently recovering from a broken ankle suffered earlier in the summer, and is questionable for the start of training camp in September. A fixture on the team's fourth line last season, the power forward appears to be headed for a possible second-line role in light of this preseason praise from the new bench boss. However, given his injury, it may be too early to tell where Wilson ends up, and the Caps currently have a logjam at right wing, so there's still a chance he ends up in AHL Hershey. Nonetheless, the situation bears watching as the season unfolds.